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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (12): 1277-1285.doi: 10.3736/jcim20111201

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Measurement of health-related quality of life in coronary heart disease: A review

 Mei-jun 1, Hui-yong Zhang2,3, Zhe Zhang3, Guan-lin Yang4()   

  1. 1. The First Clinical College, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110032, Liaoning Province, China
    2. Department of Hematology, Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110032, Liaoning Province, China
    3. Research Laboratory of Blood Diseases, Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110032, Liaoning Province, China
    4. Clinical Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110032, Liaoning Province, China
  • Received:2011-06-16 Accepted:2011-07-20 Online:2011-12-20 Published:2011-12-15

This paper introduces the development and application of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) scales in research on coronary heart disease (CHD). Currently, the scales for CHD patients have been more systematically developed and widely used in foreign countries, while domestically in China, they are developed successfully but problematically; research in this field has started later and the scales introduced are limited and not suitable for the entire range of domestic CHD patients. Thus, this paper introduces 26 HRQOL scales in research on CHD, including five generic scales, ten disease-specific scales from abroad and eleven scales originating from China. With the deficiency of HRQOL scales, especially that in traditional Chinese medicine and specific scales, this paper analyzes and summarizes the problems existing in development of scales. The authors also provide solutions in order to help the development and application of scales in further studies.

Key words: coronary heart disease, quality of life, scale, review

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